Gateway Gallery celebrating 10th anniversary

GORHAM – One of the footholds for local art and framing in the North Country, Gateway Gallery of Exchange Street in Gorham is marking its ten year anniversary this summer.
Owner, Carla Lapierre, specializes in framing virtually any project by hand, while also selling framed selections from local artists, past and present.
Gateway Gallery also includes antique postcards, paintings, and other art pieces in beautifully crafted frames. 
Some of the local art includes past legends like Guy Shorey and Winston Pote alongside well known and aspiring local artists.
“I wish I had room to display more local work,” said Lapierre.
Customers can pick through mini -frames Lapierre has constructed from recycled moldings and scraps.
Gateway Gallery offers a variety of art, while also offering one of kind eclectic gifts.
When asked to describe what kept her moving forward over the last ten years, she responded with: “Passion."  
Lapierre commented on this anniversary and the perseverance involved.
“It’s been a struggle. Standard wisdom says that it takes five years to get established for full income. Because of the economic bumps we've been through, I figure I'm in my ‘second’ fifth year. It’s been tough, but I really enjoy helping people find their own solution to their framing questions."
Lapierre officially started her art career as a cartographer in Chicago, then moved back east and became a photographer. 
She also taught print processing in a rental studio, which lead to helping students frame their work.
She then moved to the North Country and worked several jobs including working for another framer, all the while continuing with photography.
“There’s a great sense of community in the north country. I am continually learning from everyone who enters the gallery. I try to remember I'm here because I can stand on the shoulders of those who came before," said Lapierre.
Gateway Gallery is open Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
Gateway Gallery also allows customers to call during regular hours and schedule appointments at (603) 466-9900.
To find out more about the business, customers can also look up and/or can "Like" the business on Facebook.

Northway Bank recognized for support of IOLTA

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Congratulating them on their status as a generous IOLTA Leadership Bank, NH Bar Foundation board member Richard Uchida (center) presents a plaque to Northway Bank Senior Vice President Richard Olson (at left) and Rich Sidor, CRA officer for Northway.

BERLIN -- The New Hampshire Bar Foundation (NHBF), on behalf of the NH legal community, tecently thanked Northway Bank for its steadfast support of the Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (IOLTA) program and its participation as a Leadership Bank generating over $22,000 to help New Hampshire residents receive critical civil legal services in 2011. 
Leadership Banks contribute to the success of the IOLTA program by offering above-market-rate interest rates of 2 percent or more on IOLTA accounts. IOLTA accounts are pooled interest-bearing client trust accounts comprised of deposits of small amounts or amounts held for only a short-time that wouldn’t normally earn interest. The interest is forwarded to the NHBF statewide grants program which fund civil legal services for disadvantaged New Hampshire people, for civic education throughout the state and for projects that improve the administration of justice.
Northway Bank, founded more than 100 years ago, proudly serves the financial needs of consumer, small business and commercial customers throughout New Hampshire.  Northway is committed to helping their consumer and business clients achieve their financial goals. 
“We believe that a good community bank needs to be vested in the people and communities it serves. For Northway Bank, this transcends just making a few donations. We strive to be a bank that makes tangible differences in the lives of those who need a helping hand.  This is what makes the IOLTA program so great. It helps deserving people who might not be able to hand an unjust situation on their own,” said William Woodward, president of The Northway Bank.

Edward Jones named Firm of the Year by Money Management Institute

BERLIN -- Financial services firm Edward Jones was named the Advisory Solutions Firm of the Year by the Money Management Institute as the firm that most exemplified overall excellence and contributed to the long-term success and sustainability of the wealth management industry, according to Edward Jones Financial Advisors, Raymond Landry and Richard Landry of Berlin, NH.
The award was presented at the Institute's annual Gateway to Leadership Awards Dinner held recently in Chicago. The Money Management Institute is the national association for the managed investment solutions and the wealth management industry. This award recognizes the features and benefits of both of the firm's advisory platforms.
Edward Jones Advisory Solutions® is an asset allocation and advisory program that allows investors to select from research or custom models with an initial minimum investment of $50,000. The models use a combination of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and separately managed accounts in the construction of the portfolio and allow clients to delegate asset allocation, investment selection and portfolio rebalancing to Edward Jones.
This program now offers 62 fully discretionary research models, in addition to custom models, which allow investors to design a model to match their unique investment needs. With the program's custom models, clients retain discretion over the investment selection from the list of funds available in the program.
Advisory Solutions has proved popular with Edward Jones clients. The program has grown to more than $75 billion in assets under management since its introduction in August 2008. Advisory Solutions now ranks as the country's 4th largest mutual fund advisory program, according to MMI/Dover Research.
In addition, Edward Jones offers a dual contract separately managed account program with more than $2 billion in assets under management.

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 12,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals -- from college savings to retirement -- and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.
In January 2012, for the thirteenth year, Edward Jones was named one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE Magazine in its annual listing. The firm ranked No. 5 overall and No. 3 in Large Size Companies. These 13 FORTUNE rankings include top 10 finishes for nine years, consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, and consecutive No. 2 rankings in 2009 and 2010. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with and do not endorse products or services of Edward Jones.
Edward Jones is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at, and its recruiting website is Member SIPC.

Spring shopping givaway winner takes home $1,000 in merchandise

BERLIN -- -Spring just got a little more golden for Caron Building Center’s customer Allen Henry.
On June 1, Henry was chosen as the winner of the Caron Building Center’s $1000 Spring Shopping Giveaway. Henry was selected at random from more than 1,000 entries submitted at the store from March 1, to May 31 .
Lucy Letarte, advertising manager, said that Caron’s is delighted to provide one of its customers with the opportunity to make their Spring projects a little more exciting. “Everyone has a few extra chores this time of year, and we’re glad that Allen will be able to choose whatever tools he wants to get the job done. We thank all those who entered the giveaway for their participation.
Caron Building Center is located at 39 Union St, Berlin NH, and has been serving customers in the area for 36 years. Caron’s offers a complete line of lumber, window and door, kitchen and bath, power tools, plumbing , hardware, electrical and much more for you do-it-yourself homeowners to the professional. Caron’s has been a Do it Best Corp. member since 2004.